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In Lithuania, springtime offers a unique seasonal delight: tree sap. This slightly sweet elixir from maple or birch trees has been a cherished treat for centuries, with the tradition even tracing back to the first documented use of the term "sula" in 1642.

In Lithuania, springtime offers a unique seasonal delight: tree sap. This slightly sweet elixir from maple or birch trees has been a cherished treat for centuries, with the tradition even tracing back to the first documented use of the term "sula" in 1642. Locals enjoy it straight, in soups, or even fermented with raspberry canes, giving it the playful moniker "birch blood". But, come St George’s Day (April 23), folklore suggests it's off-limits, as witches are believed to bathe in it. If you're visiting and eager to taste this natural beverage, many farmsteads like Žalioji stotelė and Duburiai offer sap tastings. However, always check ahead since cold snaps can halt sap flow. And if you're on the go, modern Lithuanian companies have made it easy, offering pasteurised sap drinks in supermarkets and even cinemas. Experience this unique Lithuanian tradition on your next trip!

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